DAY BY DAY ITINERARY - Self Guided - Dificult - 510 km
1. Arrival in Alessandria, a city divided by the Tanaro River. Piazza della Libertà and Piazza Duomo, with its magnificent neoclassic cathedral, are truly worth a visit.
2. Alessandria-Castellania-Acqui Terme (90 km, + 660 m, 3.30 h).
The tour starts in Alessandria and takes you along secondary roads to Castellania, Fausto Coppi’s birthplace, where you can relive the successes of this great champion on a visit to his house-museum. You then take the road that leads to Novi Ligure with easy ascents up and over the hills of vineyards that produce the renowned Barbera and Dolcetto d’Acqui wines. In the evening you can relax in the warm spa waters of Acqui Terme.
a visit to Fausto Coppi’s house and birthplace is very moving and, once back on the saddle, you will feel you are pedalling at his side.
3. Acqui Terme-Alba (100 km, + 2,100 m, 5 h).
Today’s stretch takes you through the towns of the famous Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea and Canelli wine producers. Seven climbs await you on your journey through the Langhe, with gradients of up to 12%. One of these is the Gino Bartali ascent with its many holy sanctuaries surrounded by Dolcetto vineyards (but don’t let its name deceive you, although “sweet” in Italian this ascent is hard and challenging). The climb ends with your arrival in Albaretto Torre, where you can rest before starting the downhill ride to Alba.
a demanding route with continuous medium-length ascents, 5-7 km. Save some of your energy for the last difficulty of the day, the Gino Bartali ascent...if you have dared too much and get here tired, you too will be forced to say: “l’è tutto sbagliato, è tutto da rifare” (it’s all wrong, do it again), Bartali’s historic motto.
4. Alba-Asti (90 km, + 1,400 m, 4,30 h).
Quiet roads through vineyards and hazelnut groves in the heart of Monferrato. Today we cross the Tanaro natural park and the Sarmassa natural reserve. The stage ends in Asti with its monuments and splendid Gothic cathedral.
like yesterday, the route winds through hills marked by the hard work of man: they truly spent all their energy in these vineyards and across the slopes of hazelnut trees. You have to do the same, using your legs, heart and willpower.
5. Asti round tour (90 km, + 1,000 m, 4 h).
A cycle through the Monferrato vineyards to reach Turin. The end stretch is a climb up the famous Superga hill, 7 km at 8%, followed by a lovely descent down into Turin, a must-visit city! Back to Asti by train.
the ascent up Superga is a great classic, included every year in the Giro del Piemonte.
6. Asti-Casale Monferrato (90 km, + 1,500 m, 4.30 h).
You pedal northwards up to Monferrato, along a winding route with continual variations in steepness and steep climbs that at times are very similar to the Mur de Huy ascent in the classic Flèche Wallonne. You will enjoy it however, because you will always be surrounded by nature.
take care on the steep climbs, a 34-25 gear ratio may often be useful. Stop every now and again to enjoy the view and the silence.
7. Casale Monferrato-Alessandria (50 km, + 500 m, 3 h).
Our tour continues through green hills and farmed land, through small towns on the right-hand bank of the Po River and comes to an end in Alessandria.
a short final stage so that you can once again enjoy the peace and the marvellous scenery. Stop to lunch in one of the many wineries on the way and pop a good Italian spumante to toast yourselves and your holiday.
After breakfast, end of services.
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM:
852 € 3/4* hotels
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- breakfast buffet
- luggage transportation
- GPS tracks for the stages
- 7-days Hotline service
SUPPLEMENTS PER PERSON:
175 € single room
200 € high-end road bike rental / 120 € Mid-end road bike rental (Aluminium Frame + Carbon Fork)
15 € helmet
Extra nights with breakfast in Alessandria:
55 € double room
75 € single room
Every Saturday from 18.04 to 03.10.15. (Special departures dates for at least 5 persons)